Paterson’s population jumps to nearly 160,000 residents, Census data shows | Paterson Times

Paterson’s population jumps to nearly 160,000 residents, Census data shows


The population of Paterson increased more than 9 percent to nearly 160,000 residents, according to latest U.S. Census data released on Thursday.

Paterson has 159,732 residents, up 9.2 percent from 146,199, according to the decennial population count.

“In spite of the pandemic, we exceeded our objective. This significant increase is a testament to the tremendous emphasis and effort that we invested in getting a complete and accurate count. This is a big victory for Paterson!” said mayor Andre Sayegh. “One of my first acts after assuming office was to create a Complete Count Committee. We took the Census very seriously and our hard work has been rewarded.”

But the city’s participation rate dropped compared to ten years ago. Paterson had a 55.2 percent self-response rate in 2020. Its self-response rate was 59.4 percent in 2010.

Both Paterson and Passaic County ran aggressive campaigns to get minorities to participate in the count.

“That’s a blessing. We’ve become a first-class city,” said councilman Luis Velez. A first-class city is defined as one having 150,000 people or more.

Velez said he hopes the new status will mean more funding from the state government. He also expended energy and effort to get residents of the 5th Ward, majority of whom are Hispanics, to participate in the count.

“We knew all along we had more than 150,000,” said councilman Flavio Rivera. “Let’s see what resources comes with this new status.”

Paterson is likely to see a significant increase in federal funding, according to officials.

“I’m thrilled by the outcome,” said Passaic County commissioner John Bartlett, who led the effort to get county residents to complete the Census surveys. “I’m also thrilled county wide, we hit 524,118 that keeps us on pace with the growth of the population of our state. It tells me we got our complete count efforts successfully accomplished under difficult circumstances with the pandemic.”

Passaic County had 501,226 people in 2010. It recorded 524,118 residents in 2020.

Passaic County released information in five languages – English, Spanish, Bengali, Arabic, and Gujarati – to encourage residents to fill out the questionnaires.

Bartlett often points out Passaic County received $87 million in federal Cares Act funds because it had more than 500,000 people. If it had fewer it would have gotten $0.

“I’m very pleased with the numbers we saw today. I think it’s a tribute to all the volunteers and all the community organizations that worked so hard together last year,” said Bartlett.

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  • John

    It's over 300k, most people don't even fill out survey. Infact no one I know fills them out.

    • http://www.facebook.com/animalabusewar Animal Abuse War

      I am sure it's close to that. But why bother filling in a census? the city just gets more and more money that line corrupt pockets. They think we are stupid. We know the truly poor old and needy get no help, only those who know someone in a paterson position get help, and tons of help, whether they need it or not. Look how they use schools to get money. there are more schools than kids in this city. But who will do anything? the even more corrupt governor with fat pockets? it's just time to leave this state. People are dumb and complacent here, dont even care to make a phone call never mind get up off their lazy as*es to fight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/animalabusewar Animal Abuse War

    this city is going downhill by the day. those who need help don't get it,the ones that don't need it,get everything free plus more.And here are the officials all happy that we reached 150,000- Velez already asking for more grants.for what? to put in their pockets? they can't do the basic things for this filthy,drug and crime infested city. Why not get anti littering teams to ticket people so they will eventually"get it" and stop throwing garbage everywhere. Or even pick up recycle and garbage on the right days? litter & garbage bags clog up the sewers the city doesn't clean,which causes floods.Speeding out of control,running red lights,cars that sound like gunshots all over and growing in number,although it is very illegal.This Mayor must go! What a disgusting,corrupt place to live.I can't wait to move out of this hell hole.Especially since now being told,late last night a woman was being followed by a car,I think on wayne ave,and was raped on maple st. by the falls.This area used to be so quiet and safe,but like all other corrupt sh*tholes,with corrupt,inept officials, soon the entire city will not be able to be inhabited by any, normal,decent,human being.Only garbage officials and criminals will be left. I saw it happen myself in other cities I lived in.time to move asap.